Final three over the line after rowing 3,000-miles across Atlantic
- Credit: Hilary Bastone
The final three boats in the Talisker Whiskey Atlantic Challenge have arrived in Antiqua.
Marthyn Thornton of ‘Atlantic Solo’ completed the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge, The World’s Toughest Row, after rowing 3,000 miles across the Atlantic Ocean in a time of 64 days, 3 hours, 5 minutes.
He was followed in by Jasmine Harrison of ‘Rudderly Mad’ to complete the race in 70 days, 3 hours, 48 minutes.
The 21-year-old Briton set a new world record of the youngest female to row solo across any ocean!
Craig Forsyth of ‘Spoarting Chance’, the final competitor to finish completed the race in a time of 73 days, 7 hours, 2 minutes.
In what the CEO and race director of Atlantic Campaigns, Carsten Heron Olsen, calls his afterwords, he said: “Tuesday, February 23, at 17:37 UTC (13:37 Antigua time) after 73 days, 7 hours and 2 minutes the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge 2020 came to a close with the arrival of Craig Forsyth of team ‘Spoarting Chance’.
"Twenty one boats, 55 rowers from nine different countries left the shores of La Gomera on December 12, 2020, and all 21 boats and 55 rowers made it safe and sound, 3,000 miles across the Atlantic Ocean to Nelson’s Dockyard English Harbour, Antigua. Success rate 100 per cent!
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“When Covid-19 really hit the world in March 2020, I had just landed back in Denmark from Antigua and the finish of TWAC 2019. We went straight from Antigua into a national lockdown.
"These were uncertain and unprecedented times, and although worrying for all, we knew from day one that with understanding, accurate and detailed planning, much flexibility from all, and readiness to change a plan at a moment's notice, we could make TWAC 2020 happen.
“The understanding of our 55 rowers has given us more confidence and support than we can ever describe.
"Our teams were, I’m sure, worried and concerned about whether we could pull this race together, and most importantly, pull it together while keeping everybody safe, but due to their unwavering support, motivation to make their dream come true and to achieve their long-awaited ocean crossing, we were able to ensure the world could see that events are possible in a Covid world, especially one with a community and family such as TWAC.
“The trust and belief from our start and finish destinations, as well as their governing bodies and authorities, was the final icing on the cake to enable and allow all plans to work together.
“Standing here in Nelsons Dockyard and reflecting back on ‘this time last year’ has reminded me just how difficult it has been for us all, but that we must also stay positive and focus on the amazing achievements that are being completed every day - not least by our 55 rowers.
“The rowers have this year once again battled Mother Nature with a mix of all she could possibly throw at them. She has given our teams the full Atlantic Ocean experience with ups and downs, slow days, fast days, frustrations and happy days.
"Our fleet has overcome sleep deprivation, seasickness, technical failures, injuries, hallucinations, and, of course, salt sores! Through it all, they have battled the elements and their inner demons to conquer the Atlantic Ocean and finished the World’s Toughest Row.
“I am incredibly proud of all our teams who dare to take on the challenge. Taking part shows us the true meaning of human spirit. It takes strength, courage, grit, determination (and a little bit of crazy) to take on the Atlantic Ocean.
“We feel incredibly lucky to have had a very successful and relatively 'event free' race, however, with four Blue Marlin strikes, we must remember and take lessons from the situations which could have had very different and potentially serious outcomes.
"The actual outcome of these incidents again shows how well trained our teams are when it comes to the race process, working in a crisis, communicating professionally, and finding solutions.
"All absolute credit to the teams themselves, as well as our safety staff and course providers/trainers.
“The race has once again proven that the rowers we said goodbye to in La Gomera are not the same people we welcomed into English Harbour. It is impossible to experience such a life-changing adventure and return as the same individual.
"Remember, this is only the beginning. So a heads up to our rower's families... there will be more adventures with your loved ones in the future – stay tuned!
“Next race December 12, 2021 – let the countdown begin.”
Results to date:
1 Row4Cancer (O) NL 32d 22h 13m
2 On Shoulders of Giants (R) GB 35d 6h 42m
3 Latitude 35 (R) US 36d 5h 10m
4 HPF Atlantic (R) GB 37d 1h 46m
5 Oardacity (R) GB 40d 6h 35m
6 For a Fitter Planet (R) GB 42d 3h 47m
7 Atlantic Dutchessess (R) NL 43d 4h 56m
8 Generation Gap (R) GB 45d 21h 0m
9 The Bristol Gulls (R) GB 46d 7h 50m
10 Team Antigua Pairs (R) Antigua 47d 6h 57m
11 Wave Warrior (R) GB 49d 10h 40m
12 Force Genesis (R) GB 50d 22h 16m
13 Atlantic Dragon (R) W 51d 3h 59m
14 Atlantic Antics (R) GB 52d 4h 57m
15 Atlantic Titan (R) GB 53d 3h 20m
16 Dutchess of the Sea (R) NL 54d 20h 12m (Disqualified)
17 Melokuhle (O) ZA 56d 3h 29m
18 Alzheimer's Research (R) GB 56d 2h 41m
19 Atlantic Solo (R) GB 64d 3h 5m
20 Rudderly Mad (O) GB 70d 3h 48m
21 Spoarting Chance (O) GB 73d 7h 2m